Coventry Canal Basin Peace shortlisted for a Severn Trent Community Fund Gold Award – Coventry City Council

Coventry has a chance of winning £20,000 for a new Community Peace Garden at Coventry Canal Basin.

The project is the brainchild of Mercia Lions, with the British Organisation for People of Asian Origin, the Canal & River Trust and the Coventry Canal Basin Trust. The Garden aims to breath new life into Coventry Canal Basin by becoming the focus for annual celebration events and monthly volunteer activities.

But it can only happen with your vote. Eight projects in the Severn Trent region have a chance of winning the Gold award. 

Mercia Lions Chairman Davinder Prasad said, “We’re delighted that we’ve been shortlisted for the Severn Trent Community Fund Gold Award. Coventry Canal Basin is a special place for us. We’ve held our annual Mela celebrations here for the past two years, attracting hundreds of visitors. If we win the public vote, volunteers from local faith centres will gather at the Garden each month for canal clean-up and environmental activities. But it can only happen with your vote”.

The volunteer programme will bring people together from Coventry’s faith centres and schools, many of whom have little regular contact with nature and have been adversely affected by the pandemic, to help manage Coventry’s five-and-half miles of canal. They will gather at the Peace Garden for environmental, biodiversity and wellbeing activities, social events, clean-ups, habitat management and arts and music events.

Ian Lane from the Canal & River Trust said, “Coventry Canal Basin is Coventry’s gateway to the Midlands’ canal network. If we win the vote, we’re excited about engaging with people from minority communities and helping to connect them to their local canal, maybe for the first time. We would encourage canal users from across the Midlands Severn Trent area to support the Canal & Rover Trust by voting for this project.”

Coventry’s Lord Mayor, Cllr John McNicholas, said, “Coventry Canal Basin is unique. It’s a local park for local residents and businesses. It’s also an outdoor events space for the whole city and the first impression of Coventry City Centre for visitors arriving by boat. The garden is the first thing boaters see as they enter the Basin under the bridge. It’s important for the city, so please vote”.

Alan Dyer, Chairman of the Canal Basin Trust said, “The space was first created in the 1990s. It was cared for by us here at the Canal Basin Trust for 25 years, but has become tired and needs a facelift. We would be delighted to see £20,000 invested.”

The project, which has been re-designed with the Canal Basin Trust, includes activity spaces, native plants and seating.

Voting closes on 24 April.

How to vote

Go to www.stwater.co.uk/publicvote

Select Gold award, then select Mercia Lions. Any Severn Trent customer in the area below can vote. You will be asked to enter your address and customer number (optional).

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